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Samsung Ativ S Review: Windows Phone 8

by on December 29, 2012
 

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Samsung was the first manufacturer to officially announce a Windows Phone 8 smartphone.  Microsoft mentions (not often) the its devices in marketing materials, and it feels like Samsung’s Windows Phone 8 efforts have been all but forgotten.

With a completely new user interface that is fast, friendly and functional, Samsung Ativ S is ready to reset user expectations in the smartphone market.

This Samsung Ativ S review shows that this Windows Phone 8 smartphone is one of the top 3 Windows devices now available and it works like a charm. The Ativ S is a huge Windows Phone handset, but it’s also only 8.7mm thick, making this both the largest and the thinnest Windows Phone 8 device available.

Some may just like the feel of the ATIV S in their palms. Your experience may vary, but we weren’t as afraid of an impending drop when using Samsung’s phone one-handed. For that matter, the interface itself is easier to navigate one-handed versus the Galaxy S III. The subtle design changes, along with Windows Phone’s larger UI elements, reduce the chances of launching something by accident and put your intended target just that much closer.

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Inside, the Ativ S packs power. It doesn’t have an S3’s quad-core, but its 1.5 GHz dual-core is nothing to sneeze at. There’s also 1GB of RAM, and the option of 16 or 32GB of internal memory.

Fans of removable batteries and micro-SD cards rejoice, the Ativ S has both. Just like an S3, the thin backplate is removable, revealing a 2,300 mAh battery, micro-SIM and SD card slot. That, combined with ample internal memory, makes it ideal photos and videos.

On the rear you’ll also spy an 8-megapixel lense and LED flash. There’s also the long, thin speaker grill we often see on Samsung phones.

The top right side of the Ativ S has the lock/power button used for waking the phone and turning it off. On the bottom right lies a dedicated camera button, a signature of Windows Phone 8 design. It’s a choice we agree with, as it’s very convenient for grabbing a quick shot.

It’s impossible to check the Samsung ATIV S without discussing Windows Phone 8 which forms the phone’s personality. From the lock screen to the apps, I found Windows Phone 8 slick and easy to use.

iPhone and Android have 100′s of thousands of phone apps. Microsoft has much fewer but that will change over time.

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